Monday, 27 June 2011

Hot Hot Hot - Hard Rock


On Sunday it was a trip down to London’s Hyde Park for the Hard Rock Calling festival.  This is not a festival competing with Glastonbury, on over the same weekend, but is more of a refined alternative.  You don’t have to wear welly-boots, camp or wear a gas-mask to go to the loo; picnics and chillin’ is more the order of the day and there were thousand and thousands of us there enjoying both the music and the weather.  That said, the line up is not quite as impressive as Glastonbury, but nonetheless it was a chance to experience some fantastic live music.

Guess who?
Rod Stewart was headlining yesterday and once he burst on to the stage he rattled off classic-hit after classic-hit for over ninety minutes to a very appreciative, capacity crowd.  Those hits included “This Old Heart”, “Baby Jane”, “Handbags and Gladrags”, “Maggie May”, “Hot Legs” and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” just to mention a few. 

Stevie Nicks

To make the evening even more special, Ronnie Wood came on stage to perform with Rod, as did Stevie Nicks (from Fleetwood Mac fame) who had also performed her own set earlier in the day, belting out her own songs and also some from “Rumours”.  Great stuff!

There were many other supporting bands appearing at the festival, but Rod was definitely the highlight by far, finishing his set and the festival by performing the anthem “Sailing” - what can I say!

I make no apologies for the more-than-normal number of pictures in this blog entry and I know they fall short in the task of depicting the atmosphere of the event - but I just wanted to share a  small part the Hard Rock Calling festival with you.

Stevie and Rod
Ronnie and Rod

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